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Isle of Wight’s 1Leisure presented with prestigious Surfers Against Sewage award

Cordelia Dewy from Surfers Against Sewage presenting 1Leisure manager Allan Bridges

The SAS accreditation recognised a range of environment-friendly initiatives that 1Leisure introduced at its council-run sites at Sandown, Medina and Westridge.

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 5:21pm

By IW Council Press Office

‘People power works’ says deputy leader over plans to close Yarmouth School

Stuart Hutchinson

The deputy leader of the Isle of Wight council has told his residents that he will vote against the plan to close Yarmouth School and says "People power works".

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 2:31pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Have you seen missing woman from Hampton who may have travelled to the Isle of Wight?

susan weaver missing woman from hampton

Have you seen this missing woman who may have travelled to the Isle of Wight in the last 24 hours? Her family are concerned for her welfare.

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 11:16am

By Sally Perry

East Cowes Group hit back at comments made by boatbuilder

venture quays

One of the group with plans for a cultural arts centre in East Cowes points out that she's been fighting for five years to keep employment on the site and would do nothing to jeopardise that.

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 10:51am

By Sally Perry

Free ‘Show us the Books’ T-shirts latest creative approach to shining light on Harbour accounts

show us the books t-shirts cropped

Who doesn't love free? These T-Shirts are being offered free of charge, with the artist responsible hoping to see lots of them being worn around the Island.

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 10:31am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats announce candidate for Whippingham seat

Nick Stuart and Julie Burridge

IW Lib Dems say Julie brings a wealth of experience as a full time specialist foster carer, former Family Support Manager and parent activist.

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 5:49pm

By Nick Stuart

Cultural arts centre plans dubbed by boatbuilder as ‘scheme made up by harebrained do-gooders’

columbine building east cowes

Plans for a waterfront cultural centre in East Cowes - that could be partnered with the V&A museum group - has received support from many including the MP, but local boatbuilder says it's just another "scheme made up by harebrained do-gooders".

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 5:01pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Former parish council admin officer accuses councillors of intimidation ‘reminiscent of the East German Stasi’

bembridge parish council offices

The former admin officer says, "The events and tactics were, in my view, reminiscent of the East German Stasi and I won’t tolerate this kind of intimidation lightly."

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 3:20pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight info: Voting in EU elections – who, where and how

eu referendum count

Find out who you can vote for, where to vote and other useful facts about this Thursday's elections for South East region MEPs taking place on the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 1:49pm

By Sally Perry

Morrisons apply for retrospective permission for ‘garden centre’

morrisons sign

Morrisons in Lake have already built the 'garden centre' at their Lake store and are now applying for retrospective permission, but the local council recommend refusal

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 10:48am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

Bring Isle of Wight bus service into public ownership, says councillor

Bus Stop:

As buses minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, reminds local authorities they have freedom to take greater control of bus services, Cllr Lilley believes they should be brought into public ownership on the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 10:29am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Moving series of events at Shanklin Chine for 75th anniversary commemoration of D-Day

shanklin chine d-day commemorations - adrian searle

Wartime comradeship and sacrifice was marked by a moving series of events at Shanklin Chine on Sunday.

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 10:17am

By Adrian Searle